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After reading many positive hotel reviews about the White House Hotel Istanbul from TripAdvisor, we decided to book a reservation there for our 3-day stay in Istanbul, following our trip to Rome. It is rated the #1 hotel in Istanbul when we booked the reservation (still #1 as of posting) and the photos looked promising. I must say, it did not disappoint at all!
The hotel is located right in the heart of Istanbul, in the Sultanahmet District. It is within walking distance of Istanbul’s top tourist attractions such as Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, and Basilica Cistern.
Check-in process was smooth. All of the hotel staff are very friendly and made us feel right at home from the moment we stepped into the hotel.
The entire hotel (not just the lobby) is adorned with gold accents.
Evil Eye trinkets were given to hotel guests. It’s supposed to ward off malicious forces (I’ve read somewhere though that receiving it will cause bad luck instead). It was still a sweet gesture nonetheless.
The hotel has consistently been on the #1 spot of the best hotels in Istanbul on TripAdvisor.
We booked a triple bedroom and a double bedroom. The rooms are just the perfect size. We had plenty of space to move around and open multiple pieces of luggage.
The bathroom is spacious and I love the shower area. All of the amenities you would need are provided and replenished every day. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean!
Breakfast is included in the reservation and it is served at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant.
There’s an indoor and outdoor seating area, offering spectacular views of the Hagia Sophia.
Juice, tea, and coffee are available. Rice, eggs (boiled and scrambled) and sausages are also available as well as an assortment of pastries, jams, veggies for salad and dressings. There is also some bread and toaster at the end of the table (Not pictured)
You can also see the Hagia Sofia from the rooftop.
Apple tea and a biscuit were served while we were waiting for the van that will take us to the airport.
Harun (Owner/Manager) arranged the airport transfer service for us when we first booked the reservation. The transfer is for 35 Euros for 5 pax which for me is a good deal since it is very convenient especially since we have big pieces of luggage with us.
Both the Double and Triple Room we booked were spacious enough to move around and open our luggage. I also like the shower area of the bathroom and how the doors just slide and not take too much space when you open and close it.
Service at this hotel is outstanding. Every employee has a smile on their face and made sure we were comfortable during our stay.
Value for Money:
The hotel rates are a bit higher than the other hotels in the area but they certainly give you your money’s worth with the comfortable stay and service they provide.
Add more variety and add more staff! There was only one girl working at the buffet the two mornings we ate there. She had a hard time keeping up with the diners, from refilling the buffet spread and bringing out the plates, etc.
The one thing that made me uncomfortable was how the hotel manager/owner solicited a stellar rating/review on Booking.com and TripAdvisor. I’ve noticed during this trip that businesses in Istanbul rely so much on TripAdvisor reviews in attracting customers. Throughout our three-day stay, we have been satisfied, comfortable and happy. On our last night, while waiting for our airport transport service, we met the owner of the hotel (he did not introduce himself but we assumed he’s the owner because he’s not in uniform and was giving instructions to the staff). Like his staff, he was very friendly, gave us teas and Turkish pastry as a treat while waiting and then casually asked us to leave a 5-star review on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. The manager’s request to specifically give the highest rating made me a little uncomfortable. It was unusual because I’ve never been asked anywhere else to do this, only in Istanbul. Normally you only leave a review if you want to and not because you were asked to. I did give them a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor because that’s what I think they deserve but the whole solicitation thing left me feeling uneasy like I was being forced to do something. I think simply mentioning about leaving a review for the hotel should be enough.
Overall, I would still recommend the White House Hotel Istanbul for those looking for a nice and comfortable accommodation in Istanbul. Location is right in the Sultanahmet district, within walking distance to some of the most popular tourist spots in Istanbul like the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. There are also many restaurants in the area (try the BBQ restaurant beside the hotel, great food, reasonable price, and the owner is nice too!).
Hope this review would help you if you are planning to book a stay at the White House Hotel Istanbul.
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